Friday, December 30, 2011

DECEMBER birthdays!

December was full of birthday celebrations!

1st we celebrated Jordy Merry's 21st birthday at his Disney themed party!
Jeremy wanted to be "Tron" but the costume was never made. SO... here is Minnie & Mickey!

Jordy's  Scar costume was amazing- unfortunately I don't have a photo of his head piece.

Next was little Eva's 2nd birthday BBQ!

Eva & Selah

Dan also finished his degree so it was a double celebration.

Eva didn't really enjoy the singing.. it ended in tears. Poor girl!

And Emily's 27th girls birthday dinner night!

We missed another special birthday back home in December. Jeremy's mom turned 34! woo hoo Happy Birthday Mom :)

We hope you are having a wonderful last couple days in 2011. We have more pictures from the holidays coming soon!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!! and a Happy New Year!

So sorry its been a while since we updated. As I'm sure with all of your family stuff going on and Christmas right around corner your as busy as we are.  Just wasted to give everyone a bit of a recap over the last couple weeks. (I'll try to keep it short)

Boardstore Surf Shop is doing really well. We have entered into our most busy time of the year with everyone buying Chrissy presents. So I have been flat out there and the Local kids are all on school holidays and they hang out with me all day at the shop. Somedays I can have u to 10 Groms hanging in the shop for hours. Its amazing the relationships I have been able to build through the Surf Shop already.  I have had several opportunities to spend time with the boys outside of the shop.  Last friday I picked 4 groms up Billy, Luke, Michael, and Beau at 530 AM and we went for a surf. the wind was terrible and the waves were small so we ended up just hanging out and having breakfast. I was with the boys all day just hanging out and they helped me do some work on the shop. I loved it!  This is why I'm in a shop to spend time with these kids!  Please be praying for me as I spend time with them and that God would bless our time together and reveal himself to them.

I'll let Ashlee fill you in with what's happening with her.

Our Christmas plans are set and we are ready to celebrate Jesus' Birthday with friends! Christmas Eve we are with a family that is basically our own. After eating most likely more than we should we will go to bed and wake up to do it all over again on Christmas day!  the day after Ashlee and I are getting away for about 4 days. We will drive about 8 hours south to a place called Port Macquarie in New South Wales. We have friends down there that we will stay with and Ashlee and I get to spend some much needed time together!

thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers. We miss all of you and hope that you have an amazing time wherever you are on Jesus' Birthday! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Religious Education Class

Religious Education(RE) class is finished for the year. We had our last classes this past Thursday. I, Ashlee, had my class answer a couple questions for me. 
1. What they liked about RE...
3. What they didn't like about RE...
4. Something they learnt...
Here were just a few answers....

This was my fav!! wink wink!

And then one class made me a card! I was really touched to hear that they did actually like class. It gives me encouragement for next year. 

It's amazing that the public school system allows us to come in and teach 30 minutes a week about Jesus and how much He loves them! Praise God for that opportunity and pray for the kids we had this past year that they would continue to seek truth in Christ!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Hope you are all getting excited for Christmas! We are! A little sad that we had to go with a fake tree but grateful to have one!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Lots of exciting things happening around us here on the Sunny Coast, Australia. Last night Starbucks hosted a Christmas party with free drinks for everyone. There were nearly 100 YWAMers present :) Starbucks loves the base here. They had some of the School of Biblical Studies* students serving drinks, YWAM worship team playing Christmas carols and special treats for the kids. Here are some pictures from the night.

YWAM Sunshine Coasts next generation! 

Bryan- the School of Biblical Studies(SBS)* Director & a lovely SBS student

some of the chaos

I tried to post a picture like this a couple weeks ago but it wasn't very clear. Starbucks has chosen the "boardstore"to give 5% of it's gift card profits. This is so generous of them!!!

*School of Biblical Studies(SBS) is a 9 month intensive inductive Bible school. Students spend a week on each book of the Bible(or a couple smaller books in one week). They have lectures, read the scriptures, study them inductively. This is not theological Bible school. Just reading the Word and studying it the context it was written. Students study for an average of 12 hours a day with only one day a week off. It's intense but it transforms each individual that completes it. DTS is a pre-requesit to do a SBS.

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